Pope presents blessing to Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

As Pope Francis establishes the 265th pontificate since St. Peter following his March 13 ascension from the College of Cardinals, the world is embracing the new pontiff and his acts of humility and compassion. The pope’s popularity is extending beyond Vatican City, where he has upended traditional security protocol by walking into the crowds of faithful to shake hands, bless …

The Chrism Mass

Bill Brewer Lent, Media, News

The following photos and video are from Tuesday evening’s Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with The Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, Third Bishop of Knoxville. Joining Bishop Stika were His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, the priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, and many of the faithful from around the diocese. Video by Deacon Patrick Murphy-Racey Slideshow of photos by Scott …

Inaugural Mass celebrates Pope Francis’ ministry

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis — known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines …

Habemus Papam!

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the leader of a large urban archdiocese in Latin America, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis. He is the first pope in history to come from the Western Hemisphere and the first non-European to be elected in almost 1,300 years. The Jesuit was also …

Future Catholics participate in Rite of Election ceremonies

Dan McWilliams Lent, News

A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, director of Christian Formation for the diocese. “I just want to welcome you to the Church,” …